Red Deer Central Lions Speed Skating Club
|Posted by RDSpeedskating on October 17, 2017 at 9:55 PM|
Heat Molding Speed Skates
If your new skates aren't fitting quite right, you can heat mold them! Heat molding speed skates can help them fit your individual foot and reduce blisters. If you have a blister, follow regular care such as blister pads to protect and cushion while skating.
What follows are instructions for how to heat mold your speed skates at home. If you need any help, please email us: [email protected]
- Preheat your oven to 180 degrees F (make sure it is Fahrenheit -- this is likely the lowest setting on most ovens).
- Put on thin/normal socks.
- Loosen laces and undo Velcro or buckles, but tuck them into the boots or out of the way, so they do not dangle!
- Do one skate in the oven at a time.
- Place a tea towel on the rack (or on a cookie sheet) and place the boot on the tea towel. Wrap the skate blade in a towel to protect them. Make sure the skates are centered in the oven and will not be damaged from flame or burner (including those laces and Velcro straps).
- Heat the skates for 10 – 12 minutes.
- When the time is up, remove one skate and put the other skate in the oven.
- Sit in a chair when putting on skate, and do NOT walk on the warm skates. The chair should have room to tuck the blades underneath and be high enough to allow the ankles to be bent. A low couch is generally not suitable.
- While inserting your foot into the boot, ensure that you hold the top of the boot around the Achilles/ankle area to prevent compressing the back of the skate. Lace up to a normal tightness, do not overtighten, eyelets may be weakened. There should be no need to tighten the buckle or Velcro.
- Sitting in a chair you will push your knee over your toes and align the centre of your knee over your 2nd toe. Keeping the boot square is very important during the molding process (do not let ankle fall inward). This achieves molding in the skating position. .
- Along with the critical knee over skate angle, it is important for the skater to go through the full range of motion. Remaining seated in the chair you will slide your foot forward putting you in an extension position. The motion should not be held and should be repeated every 5 minutes. Getting the extended position in the mold will greatly improve comfort when standing up, as well as improve performance for stretching at the line. After the extended position is achieved quickly return the foot to the pervious knee over skate position.
- Skates should take 5-10 min to cool
- Repeat with 2nd skate.